Advanced Search

There are a number of systems and processes working behind the scenes to support PastView’s Search facility, making it both rigorous and robust. This makes use of:

Attribute Sets & Attributes - the different terms used to describe your items to drill down to the most relevant matches.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) & Handwritten Text Transcription (HTR) - software searches documents for any given text, accurately retrieving and matching data within your collections.

Automatic Audio Transcription (AAT) - automatically transcribing all audio speech so words and phrases can be searched and revealed.

Synonym Search - alternative phrases and spellings to identify relevant matches.

Data can also be specifically tailored to provide advanced search options specific to collection type. For example, it might be preferable to use metadata, such as Name, D.O.B, and/or Regiment Number to explore collections that focus on people. Or, it might be preferable to use metadata such as Issue Date, Series, or Year for magazines.

Publishing Feature - Site Search

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